News ID: 272671
Published: 0438 GMT August 09, 2020

Zarif signs memorial book at Lebanese embassy in Tehran

Zarif signs memorial book at Lebanese embassy in Tehran

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif attended the Lebanese embassy in Tehran on Sunday signing a memorial book for the victims of Beirut’s tragic explosion.

He also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims of the disastrous blast that rocked the Lebanese capital on August 4, reported.

Zarif had expressed his deep condolences to the people and government of Lebanon in a telephone conversation with his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wehbe last Wednesday. He voiced Tehran’s readiness to provide assistance to Lebanon in all fields.

The deadly massive explosion killed at least 160 people, wounded nearly 6,000 and defaced the coastline of Beirut — destroying hundreds of buildings. Dozens remain missing and some 300,000 have been made homeless by the fatal incident.

Earlier on Sunday, Lebanon's Information Minister Manal Abdel-Samad stepped down in the first government resignation since the tragic blast.

"After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government," she said in a statement carried by local media, AFP reported.

Abdel-Samad’s resignation came after a night of demonstrations against the government.

However, according to, Lebanese Minister of Environment and Administrative Development Damianos Kattar announced on Sunday that he had submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

Last Monday, Nassif Hamit also resigned as Lebanese foreign minister.

Hassan Diab's cabinet consists of 20 ministers.

Neemat Frem, another member of the Lebanese parliament, also announced his resignation to become the sixth member of the Lebanese parliament to step down after the explosion in the port of Beirut.


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